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    The Quilt Block Cookbook

    Hi everyone! I have an exciting announcement for you today! A good friend of mine, Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, just released her new book “The Quilt Block Cookbook” and I’m honored to be part of her blog hop introducing the book as well as showing you some of what I love about … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

    Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

    Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers … [Read More...]

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    Sewing 101: How to Clean Your Iron

    Good morning! Do you get nasty brown gunk on the bottom of your iron? Worried it might come off and stain your fabric? Before you toss out that old iron and buy a new one, I wanted to share a quick and easy method for cleaning your iron and making it look new again!   You will … [Read More...]

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    Fix It! Grammar Review

    Hi everyone! As most of you know we are trying out a new English/Grammar curriculum this year and I’ve had several requests to do a review of that for you. We’ve been using Fix It! Grammar now for about 6 weeks and so far I really like it. I also have a giveaway for you so make sure to read all the … [Read More...]

AUG
28
2016

Percy Jackson Literature Unit

I’m so excited to launch my first of hopefully many middle-school level literature units for you! Today’s release is the new literature unit for Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. It comes with chapter by chapter lesson plans as well as comprehension questions for each chapter too.     Teacher's Manual: Each unit comes with chapter by chapter teacher’s lessons that include the questions that your students will be answering. Your manual also includes the answers to the comprehension questions so that you do not need to read ahead of your students for them to be able to complete these units. Supplies: There is a supply list as well. This book was written to accompany the original Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Since this unit is for older kids, it’s written using notebooking pages instead of lapbooking pages like my elementary level literature units. So the only thing you really need is either a small 3-ring binder to hold the … [Read more...]

AUG
26
2016

FQS August Sew Sampler Box Review

  What is a Sew Sampler? The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month. There are at least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and anything else full of quilty goodness! You’ll also receive a Block Recipe card each month with three size options. These can be put together for a super cute sampler quilt! You can see previous recipe cards here. If you’re new to sewing or quilting these are a great way to build up your stash of fabrics, patterns, and notions. Especially if you’re unsure of what to get to start out. I’ve been sewing and quilting for about a year and a half now and I think the Sew Sampler boxes are really fun and have thus far been packed with super cute and helpful tools!   Let’s take a look into the August 2016 Sew Sampler shall we? I’m always amazed at how much fun stuff that … [Read more...]

AUG
24
2016

Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt

Hi friends! Today I’ll be showing you how to wash a quilt! There are several ways to go about washing your quilts, but today I’m just going to show you how I like to do it to help prevent any damage or bleeding of fabrics or thread.   Products I recommend: Dreft Detergent or Woolite detergent (Anything meant for delicate fabric is great!) Shout Color Catchers (I'm sure any brand will work, but I have only used these.) Watch Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt  I hope you enjoyed that video and that it helps you out in your quilting journey!   If you just tuned in, here are more videos in my How to Quilt Series! Quilting Supplies: What do you need to get started? How to Choose a Sewing Machine How to Choose Fabric How to Cut Fabric How to Piece a Quilt Top How to Press Fabric How to Baste a Quilt How to Straight Line Quilt How to Free Motion Quilt How to Bind a Quilt (Machine and Hand!) Zipper Pouch Tutorial … [Read more...]

AUG
22
2016

2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling his workload into manageable sections. We started introducing study skills last year and will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 7th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 7th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion English/Grammar: IEW Fix It Grammar History: Abeka History of the World Literature: Book Shark Literature (From our options program) Math: Math U See Algebra 1 (yikes!) Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: … [Read more...]

AUG
17
2016

Quilting 101: How to Bind a Quilt (Machine or Hand)

Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to bind your quilt! There are several ways to go about binding your quilt, so today I’m just going to show you a couple of ways that I like to do it. I’ll also be showing you some tips to help you get your binding right the first time!   In the video I’ll be showing you how to: Create straight edge binding Create bias binding Machine bind Hand bind (This usually means attach the binding to the front side using your machine, then hand sew the binding on the back side to finish it off.) As you can imagine this video got to be a bit long, but I really wanted to show you how to bind using your machine as well as hand bind. I tend to machine bind mostly just because it’s faster, and I like the finished look. But I know several people who prefer to hand bind because it’s a nice relaxing process, and you can’t even see the stitches on the backside of your quilt so … [Read more...]

AUG
15
2016

2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, and 7 soon as well.   This year continuing to focus on more independent work skills. As students get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling their own workloads into manageable sections. We started introducing more independent work over the last couple of years, she will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 8th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 8th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion Cooking: At options English/Grammar: IEW … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2016

2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, de-cluttered, and sanitized. Even the birds got a fresh new cage cleaning! The kids are all sad to see summer go, but they’re also excited for a new year and they’ve even said they’re excited to start school, so I take that as a bonus! As a side note, I let the kids make their first day of school grade cards (see above) this year, and I thought it was funny how well they reflected their personalities! Some are straight forward and to the point, and others have a little more...shall we say flare? Love them all! For our first day we usually… Eat a good breakfast! Take first day of school photos Take a quick tour of the classroom, and their workboxes so they can get a feel of what … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2016

Quilting 101: How to Free Motion Quilt

Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to free motion quilt! This has been one of my most highly requested videos, and I’m hoping that it will inspire you to give free motion quilting a try. I know it can sound a little intimidating, but I assure you that it’s a lot of fun, and I think you’ll be glad that you gave it a go!     To free motion quilt you’ll need the following supplies: A Free Motion Quilting foot for your machine (This link goes to FMQ foot for a Juki, you’ll want to get one that fits your specific machine.) Machingers quilting gloves A practice piece of batting & fabric (basted together and ready to go) Thread (I use Aurifil 50wt 100% Cotton thread) Needle (I use Organ 80/12 or 90/14 needles)   Watch Quilting 101: How to Free Motion Quilt     I hope you enjoyed that video and that it helps you out in your quilting journey! If you just … [Read more...]

AUG
08
2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing our 2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul with you.   We have four children and this year we spent about $150 on supplies total. I usually average around $100-$150 on supplies including a few extra things that we have to purchase for their weekly options program. This year I ordered most of our supplies online, but I did pick up a few extras at a local store as well. I hope you enjoy this video!   Watch Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Supply Haul here! Here are some links to products mentioned in the video, I think I found everything, let me know if I forgot anything! (Disclosure: Links below are Amazon affiliate links, I do receive a small compensation if you purchase products from these links. So thank you for helping to support my blog!) Frixion Erasable Pens Desktop Carousel Snowmen Stackable Pencils Gummy Bear Stackable Pencils Regular Stackable Pencils Fun Iwako Animal Erasers (20 Pack) Expandable Acrylic … [Read more...]

AUG
07
2016

Busy Mom’s Guide to Home-cooked Meals

As a busy mom of four, I find meal planning a little on the stressful side. I actually enjoy cooking, however when we’re busy with school and other activities, I don’t always have time to run to the store, or think of something healthy and tasty for my family. I don’t know about you all, but it’s really easy for me to want to run out and grab something quick when we’re in between activities, or coming home late from something. But as we all know, that can get expensive, and it’s really not very healthy depending on what you grab on the go.   But with just a little planning, it’s easy to skip the take-out and create a variety of home-cooked meals for your family, even when you’re busy like we are! As most of you know I always post my monthly meal plans here on my blog, but I’ve had also ton of requests for weekly shopping lists as well as a list of all of my recipes in one location, so I put all of that together in my new book! I’ve also added in a new customizable … [Read more...]